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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 67

Wendte, Charles William, 1844-1931. Papers, 1867-1931.


Correspondence of Unitarian minister and author Charles William Wendte (1844-1931). The papers cover 1867-1931.


  • 1867-1931.


3 boxes

This collection consists mainly of correspondence and letters to Wendte, arranged alphabetically by correspondent. There are also some miscellaneous materials, including clippings, photographs, biographical material, and notes.

Biographical / Historical

Charles William Wendte (1844-1931) graduated from Meadville Theological School in 1867 and Harvard Divinity School in 1869. Ordained to the Unitarian ministry, he served parishes in Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and Los Angeles and Oakland, California. From 1900 to 1920, he served as the general secretary of the International Council of Liberal Religious Thinkers and Workers. He also served as the secretary of the Foreign Relations Department of the American Unitarian Association from 1905 to 1915. Additionally, he served as the secretary of the National Federation of Religious Liberals from 1908 to 1920, and as president of the Free Religious Association from 1910 to 1914. He published Thomas Starr King, Patriot and Preacher (1921), The Transfiguration of Life (1930), and his autobiographical work The Wider Fellowship (1927).


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Special correspondence
  2. Series II. General letters
  3. Series III. Miscellaneous

Acquisition Information

Gift of Unitarian Universalist Association, 1968.

Related Materials

For a related collection, see bMS 505.

Wendte, Charles William, 1844-1931. Papers: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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